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As per Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.26, all qualified voters in NYS will receive an absentee ballot to vote in their School Budget/School Board election via mail. The deadline for ballots to be received by the district is Tuesday June 9.
There will not be any in-person voting for school elections. If you are a qualified voter and have not yet received your ballot, or if you think your ballot may not arrive at the school district in time, call your school district office to see what you can do.
Newsday has developed an excellent 2020 school elections voters guide
to help residents make an informed choice.
Long Island voters set for next Tuesday's school elections
by John Hilderbrand, Newsday June 3, 2020
Envelopes containing ballots for Tuesday's school elections have been delivered to some 2 million voters on Long Island, dwarfing any past moves toward mail-in voting in the state. The switch to absentee ballots was ordered May 1 by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This season, the great majority of voters in the region have received voting-by-mail ballots automatically. Voting will involve more than $13 billion in proposed school spending, along with hundreds of contested school-board seats. District-by-district details appear in the Newsday Voters Guide available online at https://projects.newsday.com/databases/long-island/long-island-school-elections-2020-2021/#user=&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Top-Stories
"Monumental" and "phenomenal" are some of the milder terms used to describe the logistical headaches involved in this year's balloting. Robert Lowry, a deputy director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, observed that mailings by districts to voters involved three envelopes in all — one on the outside addressed to the voter, another on the inside pre-stamped and pre-addressed for the return, and a third signed by the voter and enclosing the ballot itself.
That adds up to 21 million envelopes for seven million voters statewide, Lowry noted. "It has been a challenge," he said.
"It's certainly an experiment," said Michael Dawidziak, a Sayville-based political consultant and pollster who has worked for both Republicans and Democrats. "If a significantly larger number of voters participate this time, it's going to be difficult making an argument against it in the future."
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The League of Women Voters of Suffolk County's annual Student Days at the Suffolk County Legislature (April 2 in Hauppauge and April 16 in Riverhead) have been cancelled.
The League of Women Voters of Suffolk County, and local Leagues in Brookhaven, Hamptons, Huntington, Shelter Island and Smithtown spend countless hours on voter registration, voter education, candidate debates and voter service. Please click on the trifold cover above to read the impressive list of LWV voter service activities in 2019. You can help in 2020- contact a local League or consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Education Foundation.